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Overcoming Excuses Men Make to Avoid the Doctor

June is Men's Health Month. Overall health and wellness is an important part of living a full and happy life. So why do some men avoid going to the doctor regularly? Here are some popular excuses men make and how to turn one on it's head.
June is Men's Health Month. Overall health and wellness is an important part of living a full and happy life.

So why do some men avoid going to the doctor regularly?  Here are some popular excuses men make and how to turn one on it's head.

What do time, money and appearance all have in common with men's health?

They're all frequently used by men as reasons,  or excuses,  to avoid going to the doctor.

Sound familiar?

If so, here is some advice to get you,  or the men in your life,  to make routine, preventive health care a priority.

Here's a classic excuse.  "I just don't have the time."

Experts agree-- you need to make the time.

"We don't want to wait until troubles start before we seek the advice & direction of our doctor," says Dr. Laurence Sperling at the Emory Univ. School of Medicine.

So plan ahead for an appointment, and bring along notes and questions to make it productive and worthwhile.

Another popular justification- money... "It costs too much."

Try looking at preventive care as an important investment.

"It's much more sensible to approach health care dollars up front as opposed to a large economic burden when there's a significant medical problem," Dr. Sperling notes.

What about using one's appearance as an indicator of good health? 

"i look fine.  I'm in good shape."

"Silent health problems such as having high blood pressure or diabetes, or high cholesterol, they can have a cumulative effect on your health," warns Dr. Sperling.

The best excuse? 

Well, it just might be none at all.


(Carl Azuz for CNN's Health Minute) 
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